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25 Nov 2019

EC publishes study on innovation principle

On 25 October 2019, the European Commission presented the "Study supporting the interim evaluation of the innovation principle" which is an evaluation of the current implementation of the innovation principle, covering two of its three components, i.e. the Research and Innovation Tool included in the Better Regulation Toolbox, and the innovation deals. The implementation of the innovation principle is still at an early stage, and thus the study only represents a very early assessment of the extent to which the innovation principle is being correctly implemented, and whether changes would be required to make the principle more effective and useful in the context of the EU better regulation agenda.

The main finding of the study is that the innovation principle has the potential to contribute to the quality and future-proof nature of EU policy, but that significant changes and effort will be needed for this potential to fully materialise. According to the authors, the most evident areas for improvement are related to the lack of a clear legal basis, the lack of a widely acknowledged definition, the lack of awareness among EU officials and stakeholders, and the lack of adequate skills among those that are called to implement the innovation principle.

The full report can be downloaded here.

For more information: EC News

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